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UAV optical flow

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Admin:
for those who know what optical flow is, this is an autonomous UAV:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1952814402978315740

optical flow measures pixel speed in the camera to determine velocity and altitude

JonHylands:
That's very impressive...

I especially like how they used differentials in right and left optical flow to navigate in a canyon. I suspect that is how people do it when we're in a fast vehicle, especially in a car on a road.

- Jon

Admin:
I just remembered where I saw that video before . . . it looked sooo familiar . . .

its a paper I read a few months ago, and i just uploaded it here:

Maximizing Miniature Aerial Vehicles (2.4mb)
Griffiths, S.   Saunders, J.   Curtis, A.   Barber, B.   McLain, T.   Beard, R.   
Scientific Syst. Co., Inc., Woburn, MA, USA

I highly recommend everyone interested in aerial robots to read it (its much more educational than the video).

JonHylands:
That is very cool stuff. They are using optical mouse sensors with camera lenses to do flow analysis. That basically gives them an 18x18 pixel camera that updates at 1500 fps !

Very cool stuff indeed  ;D

- Jon

JesseWelling:
I've been trying to work in an encoder for my mini RC car robot (it's cramped) and I had thought about a mouse but I thought it would be too far off the ground (~2cm) but this idea gives me some new hope for decent odometry...After all I don't plan on going faster than 3m/s (almost 7mph....a good jog) .... not to derail the topic :-\

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